I think maybe I’m on the right track, linking Catharina (___) Schneider to Conrad Nuss and Anna Margaretha Roeder’s daughter Catharina. What do you think?
A funny thing happened as I researched the pedigrees of my Snyder Shared Matches. A specific surname kept showing up… and it wasn’t Snyder.
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Ever since I discovered that Heinrich Schneider (aka Henry Snyder) of Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was the father of my 3x great grandfather Joseph Snyder, I’ve been on a mission to trace the family back further. I think I’m getting closer.
Now that FamilySearch has starting making Pennsylvania deed books available online, I was able to search for Jacob Wolf of Allentown in the indices. And guess what I found? The names of Jacob’s children.
I last wrote about an AncestryDNA match who was a possible cousin through Jacob and Catharine (___) Snyder and Jacob and Magdalena (Brey) Wolf. This post is about what I learned by mining our Shared Matches.
According to Ancestry, I have 363 DNA matches who are 4th cousins or closer. Parsing through them all to identify where we match is no small undertaking. However, sometimes it pays to spend the time building out a match’s family tree.
As I reported last year in “A Beautiful Circle,” I am a member of both the Philip Hoover and Hannah Thomas circles on AncestryDNA™. I decided to see if I could find additional evidence of the connection through my other Ancestry matches.
I’ve been spending a lot of time—a real lot of time—working with my Ancestry DNA, FTDNA, and GEDmatch results, working through my match lists, compiling data. The question is what exactly do I expect—or hope—to achieve from all this time and effort?
Several weeks ago, Ancestry released their newest tool: Genetic Communities. These communities are based on some pretty cool work with the DNA of millions of AncestryDNA test-takers. Mine were right on target.